How to Make a Lighted Christmas Ball

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Use mini lights that stay lit when one of the bulbs burns out.
Use mini lights that stay lit when one of the bulbs burns out. (Image: Winter Holiday Lights image by Scott Griessel from Fotolia.com)

Round out your Christmas decorating with lighted balls you can make yourself. Spheres of colorful balls covered with mini lights add warmth and holiday cheer to anything from balconies or windows to doorways and mantles. You can also string lighted balls onto tree branches for an eye-catching night time display. Make spheres in different sizes for added dimension and create a color theme that blends with existing décor elements. Multicolor lights will lend a retro feel to the holidays while an all white lights theme creates a winter wonderland effect.

Things You'll Need

  • 14 to 16 inch grapevine ball
  • Electrical tape
  • 100 count indoor/outdoor mini lights
  • Extension cord

Cover the receptacle end of the mini lights with electrical tape to further ensure rainwater or debris won't cause a short circuit, in case you're making balls for outdoor use.

Outdoor mini lights last longer when handled with care and are protected from the elements
Outdoor mini lights last longer when handled with care and are protected from the elements (Image: christmas lights image by PHOTOFLY from Fotolia.com)

Firmly grasp the grapevine ball in one hand and gently lift a branch, creating a 1-inch space for securing the receptacle end of the mini lights. Tuck the receptacle end of the mini lights under the branch of the grapevine ball and pull it tight so that it can't slip out.

Wrap the string of the mini lights around the grapevine ball. Make the first two wraps in the same direction for tightness and then wrap from different angles to avoid a striping effect. The string of mini lights will tighten and become more secure around the grapevine ball with each wrap.

Finish wrapping the entire string of lights around the ball, making sure lights are evenly distributed to create a continual spherical shape.

Tuck the plug end of the mini lights under a branch of the grapevine wreath and pull the plug as far as possible through the branch. There should be 3 to 4 inches of excess cord, which come in handy for hanging suspended spheres at different lengths.

Insert the plug into the extension cord and wrap electrical tape around the connection if you're creating an outdoor display. Test you ball of lights before hanging for an even light. Stand at least 10 to 12 feet away from the light ball to get an accurate visual of the sphere.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always take a few minutes to read the safety warnings on working with mini lights. While the rules may seem all too familiar, it never hurts to refresh the concept of "safety first."

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